14th – 22nd July 2017, at the Merz Barn site, Elterwater, Cumbria
A ten day hands-on Summer School for architecture, craft/design artists and students based at the site of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merzbau experiment, the Elterwater Merz Barn, Cumbria <www.merzbarn.net>
“Schwitters’ Merzbau experiments were an important influence on the development of early modern architecture..” (Rem Koolhaas OMA)
The Summer School will offer creative workshop opportunities*, architectural experiments and construction skills projects located in the dramatic landscapes of the Lake District National Park:
(1) Merzbau Art Museum – design and construction of large scale architectural models as the basis for a future Kurt Schwitters Merzbau art museum; the narratives of Kurt Schwitters’ four Merzbauten projects (1923-48)
(2) New Rural Design and Architecture workshop skills – learn traditional rural craft construction skills – dry stone walling, coppice/benders, and sleeping pods in the orchard
(3) Traditional scything, hay rope making and hay meadow management An introduction to the use of the Austrian (light) and English (heavy) scythes; basic scything skills, grass architecture and hay rope making, and basic intro. to hay meadow ecology and management
(4) Self-directed projects; e.g. in painting, drawing, photography, video, audio arts, and printmaking, etc., are also encouraged. We have a small gallery and tools store on site. But students are responsible for their own materials, food and cooking arrangements.
*NB the workshops are informal and programmed according to demand. They can also be offered as one or two half day intensives by arrangement so that people can mix.
Fees: £195 including fully equipped bunk barn accommodation (9 nights) and workshop tuition
£100 non-bunk barn, free use of camping facilities, showers, etc, on site at the Merz Barn
For further information and bookings please contact: The Merz Barn project (Ian or Celia) at <firstname.lastname@example.org> T. 015394 37309 M 07796 617167 <www.merzbarn.net>